The Regimental Distinctive Insignia of the Chaplain Corps was approved on 4 June 1986. It was subsequently revised on 11 February 1993 to add the motto.

Three components make up the Chaplain Corps’ distinctive insignia: a shield, a crest over the shield, and a scroll encircling most of the shield. At the top of the shield, rays stream from a demi-sun as an allusion of God’s presence in nature and his gifts or provision. The dove with an olive branch is a traditional symbol of peace that embodies the Corps mission to strive for peace.

Below the dove is an open Bible that symbolizes the primacy of the word of God, set again a blue background recalls the heavens and the spiritual nature of the Chaplain Corps’ mission. In the crest above the shield is a shepherd’s crook, an emblem of pastoral ministry that was the original symbol used to identify Army Chaplains.

The year 1775 is inscribed inside the crest to recall the year that of the establishment of the Corp. PRO DEO ET PATRIA, the motto of the Chaplain Corps, is inscribed on the scroll encircling the shield and is Latin for “For God And Country.”

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